Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The Importance of Simply Listening

Okay, I think I have finally came to the place where I have noticed that I have a constant problem of offering advice rather than simply listening.  Well, the best news about that is that now that I have acknowledged one of my weaknesses I am capable of putting forth the effort to make the changes I would like to see.  It happens so often, in fact probably every conversation I have.  It's as if somehow I think that I am more educated in every matter than the rest of the world and offer them my wisdom.  The truth is that I am more than likely not always more educated and simply think I am. I know for me when I tell other people something that I am going through and they off me their advice, sometimes, depending on the situation I am grateful for the constructive criticism.  There have been other times though that I could remember where people would offer me advice, and it would proceed to shut me down.  I would close myself, as if protecting myself, because I felt like they were letting me know that they could do a better job, which made me feel inadequate.  We would always like to give the impression that we have this whole "life" thing figured out but the truth is that we are all inadequate.  Unless I am being moved by the Holy Spirit I am full of my self, which cause me to give "advice"  that isn't very helpful, and can actually ruin the communication between me and the other person.  It is only when I am still and listen that I can be the best vessel for the Holy Spirit to flow through.  It is only when I rid myself of self, that I can truly be helpful.  

PRAYER:  God, please help me to be done with my pride in communication, help me to learn to listen, to be still, and wait for you to prompt me to respond.  I want to be the most useful me, for You that I can be, so be with me, as I learn Your way of communicating.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

APPLICATION:  Today, in every conversation I have I will simply listen and not offer advice.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Mission Organization!

Today I set out on a mission to tackle our sock drawers.  They were a mess. I used the drawer organizers from Clever Container and was pleased with the results! 

Drawer Designer Combo (Drawer Organizer set from Clever Container)

My husbands sock drawer before

and after.....

My sock drawer before...

and after....

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hugs and Kisses Valentine's Door Hanger

I got this idea from one of my favorite blogs which is Lauren Conrad's, from the Hills.  She always has incredible taste, style, and creativity,.  I just love everything she makes.  You can find her creation here:

Lauren Conrad's DIY XO Door Hanger

So I set out to make my own, using my own colors.  Unfortunately I was unable to find any cardboard letters so I went ahead and bought some light wood letters. I also sprinkled glitter over one of mine while it was still wet, this added some extra cuteness.  One thing I found to be tricky was using the hot glue to put them together.  Hopefully if you choose to make this you will have better luck than I did.  <3

Missing Sock Holder

Yesterday I set out on a mission to create a missing sock holder. I had seen some different ideas throughout the web and decided to create on that I found particularly cute. I set out with items I already had lying around the house, so this actually turned out to be free.

What you need to make this:

A piece of wood
Acrylic Paint
Paint Brushes
Black heavy string
4 clothespins
A drill
Painters Tape or Duct Tape
Ball Point Pen
Sharpie or Paint Pen

 I grabbed a piece of wood that my husband had brought me home from work. I painted it with some white acrylic paint a couple times, and then painted the edges with a black acrylic paint. Next after the paint dried I printed out the words "~Seeking Sole Mate~" on a couple pieces of paper, taped them together and laid the paper on top of the wood. Next I traced the letters firmly on the paper with a ball point pen, making the lines go through. Next I removed the paper and with a sharpie (You can also use a paint pen) I filled in the letters. Next, I grabbed some ribbon and taped the back of it onto the board. Then I grabbed three pieces of thick black string and braided it. Then I tied it around the board and secured it on the back with tape. Next I grabbed 4 clothespins and painted them and let them dry. Then I hung them on the heavy string and put up my socks that are seeking their sole mates. In order to hang it on my wall I drilled a couple holes in the back of the wood. I loved the way it turned out. Super cute, handy and easy to make!